Public's help sought after Pa. university shooting

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm •  Published: January 21, 2014
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CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A shooting on the campus of a university outside of Philadelphia does not appear to be a random act of violence, officials said Tuesday as the search for the gunman continued.

A 19-year-old student sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of Widener University's athletic center was approached by the gunman and shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, police said. Arriving officers found the victim lying on the ground outside the vehicle with wounds in his head and left shoulder, police said.

The student, who called 911 to report the shooting, was listed in critical but stable condition at Crozer-Chester Medical Center after surgery, a hospital spokesman said.

Dan Hanson, a spokesman for the university, said Tuesday that "all indications are this was not a random act of violence." He said the student's name wasn't being released at the request of his family.

Widener asked students to remain inside until 6 a.m. as police continue searching for the suspect, but the university said that the campus had been secured by police.

Classes were held as usual Tuesday morning but some later classes were canceled due to the winter storm moving through the region, Hanson said.